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Moderate mag. 4.9 earthquake - Solomon Sea, 126 km southeast of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea, on Friday, Dec 25, 2020 at 8:32 am (GMT +10)

Moderate mag. 4.9 earthquake - Solomon Sea, 126 km southeast of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea, on Friday, Dec 25, 2020 at 8:32 am (GMT +10) Moderate mag. 4.9 earthquake - Solomon Sea, 126 km southeast of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea, on Friday, Dec 25, 2020 at 8:32 am (GMT +10)

Moderate magnitude 4.9 earthquake at 10 km depth

24 Dec 23:08 UTC: First to report: USGS after 35 minutes.

Earthquake details

Date & timeDec 24, 2020 22:32:54 UTC
Local time at epicenterFriday, Dec 25, 2020 at 8:32 am (GMT +10)
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude4.9
Depth10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude6.4693°S / 150.8078°E (Solomon Sea, Papua New Guinea)
Antipode6.469°N / 29.192°W
Shaking intensityModerate shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoBuru (98 km / 61 mi)
Nearby towns and cities126 km (78 mi) SE of Kimbe (Talasea District) (pop: 18,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
142 km (88 mi) E of Kandrian (pop: 1,010) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
287 km (178 mi) SW of Kokopo (pop: 26,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
294 km (182 mi) SSW of Rabaul (pop: 8,070) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
382 km (237 mi) NE of Popondetta (Sohe) (pop: 28,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
432 km (268 mi) NE of Kokoda (Sohe) (pop: 6,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
524 km (325 mi) NE of Port Moresby (pop: 283,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
81 km (50 mi) S of New Britain Island (pop: 513,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeOvercast Clouds 28.7°C (84 F), humidity: 74%, wind: 3 m/s (5 kts) from N
Estimated seismic energy released1.4 x 1012 joules (392 megawatt hours, equivalent to 338 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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Mag.DepthLocationSource
4.910 km- 125 km SE of Kimbe, Papua New GuineaUSGS
4.910 kmNEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G., Papua New GuineaEMSC

Seismograms

Seismic station: Port Moresby, New Guinea (PMG/IU network) | Distance from quake: 518 km / 322 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Port Moresby, New Guinea: vertical movement plot around time of quake (source: IRIS/BUD)
Seismogram (vertical component) around time of quake. Thin dotted red line indicates time of quake. Seismic waves arrive some time later, depending on distance. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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User reports for this quake

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